Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A little bit of fabric

Let the games begin....or should I say sewing?
These are the new fabrics I bought to work around for making baby quilts...click on pictures to enlarge them. Next, just to come to the decision how I want to use them...that is the hard part for me. The second one down is the one that my daughter wants me to use for her secretary. I got enough of it to do two baby quilts. I think the scenes on it are just about, but not quite 7 inches square.

The top one is going to be harder...I haven't measured them but they are big--about 9 1/2 inches by 12 inches...I wish I had had my camera to take a picture of the top the store had made from it. It was quite interesting...

Now the jungle animal one I thought to lay a ruler on it so you can kind of get an idea...and even two of the others have their own tape measure printed with them, just not sure if you can read it in the enlarged picture.

And this bottom one--these are small squares. I can use a 4 inch ruler and it will give seam allowance without cutting into the picture if I remember correctly. They are the perfect size to use as the center of a log cabin....or I can see using them in a 9-patch.

I know I only have two baby quilts I want to make, but I thought I better take advantage and buy more than I needed...good things like this don't come along every day. Each one had a good feel to the fabric and that made them even more hard to resist....

BTW, it is STILL raining...it has not totally stopped all day. Sometimes it rains harder than others but never actually stopped.
It is pouring the rain here in the midwest....the ground is so saturated that there are puddles everywhere. Come summer time, we will be wishing we had some of this. So I am trying not to complain....actually, it just makes me want to snuggle in a quilt and read a book.

I keep feeling like I am coming down with the sinus thing my husband just got over and my daughter now has. Part of the time I have to constantly have a kleenex with me, and my chest feels so tight. I just don't feel like doing much of anything.

I did make myself a new pair of pjs...I cut them out a few days ago. No big chore there--they consist of one pattern piece! So quick to make. I used slinky type of material....I didn't notice to see what it was actually called. It is not even 1% cotton...a big departure for me. And it would have been cheaper just to go buy a pair. However, I need the satisfaction of making something every now and then.

So, for seaming them together, I decided to drag out my serger. That was a first for a long, long time. So I took the old thread off--it had gathered too much dust. Though not too bad considering how long it has sat...it sets on a shelf in my sewing desk that can be pulled out. But it has set there with the door shut for a few years.

Anyway, I had to get the book out to re-thread it...and my boy came down. He tried his best to help but he is all paws and no thumbs! He was just into rubbing on everyhting and trying to look and see--reaching in with his paws. Finally, when I wouldn't let him do anything, he got bored and left the area. It took a couple tries for me to get it going. I sewed the crotch seams one night and did the edges of the top of them and the bottom of the legs till they wouldn't ravel. About that time daughter went to be so I stopped cause my sewing is directly beneath her bed...
I was down there for something yesterday and sewed the leg seams...then ran down last night and did the hemming and putting the elastic in the waist. It feels good to actually make and finish something.

Daughter and I did run over to Arthur, Illinois over the weekend. I found good stuff there...not Winnie the Pooh, but several different cheater squares to work with. I will try to think and take pictures after while. Not sure just how I am going to use them, but I sure like what I got...check back later to see if I have posted pictures.